Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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Pure HoppinessPure Hoppiness
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This brew uses several varieties and multiple hop additions to the kettle as well as a large "hop back" to give the bitterness and aroma a start. Plenty of dry hops finish it off and give a big hop bouquet.

Added by xlperro on 12-18-2002

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to April for giving me a bottle off my Wants. Great West Coast IPA. Amber pour with a one inch head. Big hops smell mostly of pine. Taste is mostly of piney hops. Mouthfeel is smooth for such a big DIPA. Very drinkable for the style. A must for a hophead like me.

Cheers.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to pint glass. Ty to Natasharai for the split!

A: Pours a very clear light copper with a small off-white head with some lacing and decent retention.

S: Very unique, strong citrus hops and a very malty caramel backbone. very bold scent.

T: Smell is a good indicator of this one, malty upfront with a caramel taste going into strong hops and a citrus finish. Not much alcohol comes through, very nice.

Overall: Decent mouthfeel that's moderately carbonated and has a nice oily feel. Very drinkable for the alcohol and boldness. Great DIPA try it if you can get it!

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Photo of gregshead
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours w a nice finger of head. Head dissipates but leaves a nice ring of lacing on top.

S: Lots of grapefruit maybe a little orange citrus as well.

T: Lots of grapefruit hops bite but backed by a nice large dose of biscuity malt backbone

M: Good carbonation and a nice light feel especially for a DIPA.

D: Wow. So easy to drink. The best balanced DIPA to date for me.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into....You guessed it my Darkness snifter.

Pour looks like a burnt honey color with a bit of off white head. My eyes light up with the smell. Sticky hop wrapped in pine and covered with some good old sweet citrus. Lovely. Carbonation is about what you want in a ipa. Not overly and certainly not under. Get the nice hop bite but it quickly goes away. Initially thought it may be aggressive but I was wrong. Very solid beer. Easy to drink even at 8%.

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Photo of berkey
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of dannyhipps. Thanks again buddy for making this happen! Beer Karma shall smile on you soon, I guarantee it. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Body is considerably darker in color than typical for an IIPA, somewhere between amber and mahogany with a moderate haze. This one is topped by a fairly large, amazingly persistent, rocky off white head. This style can be quite a sight to behold and this in another great one.

Nose starts off with a shot of tangerine and other citrusy hop aromas, pine needles, and a dry clean bitterness. Malt sweetness is a little buried but you can still pick it out with a deep whiff so I'm not complaining at all. There's no freshness date listed but from the way it smells this can only be at the pinnacle of freshness.

I was hoping for just a continuation of the great aroma on the taste but was greeted with that and more. Big citrus and pine are joined by a pungent and leafy dry bitterness which is backed by a sweet yet clean bready malt profile.

Something about this beer begs you to throw it down your throat, it's just too drinkable. I'm the slowest beer drinker that I know but I had to stop myself from chugging the stuff.

Overall one of the better West Coast Hop Bombs I've tried in quite some time. I don't always drink hoppy beers, but if this were more easily available it would definitely be a regular in my fridge. ISO more Alpine Brews!

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Photo of tjthresh
3.27/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is bright yellow orange with some snowy white head. The nose is really fruity with lots of leafy hop cones. The flavor is just kind of a muddled mess of hops and sugar. Medium sugary body. Tangy tart finish. I don't know. I'm not impressed.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks for sending this one my way!

Pours a translucent golden yellow color with some ruby hues coming through when the light strikes it just right. A finger’s-breadth of foamy white head grows, and takes its time subsiding, leaving generous wet lacing behind.

Smells of floral hops, malt, orange, grapefruit, pine, and dark sugar. Reminds me of those dried, sugar coated fruits, but with some herbal backing to them; very tantalizing.

Taste is delicious, though the aggressiveness of the hops are more subdued than in the nose. A very well rounded brew, with the caramel texture of the sugary malt really playing well off of the hoppy forefront. Some fruity, citrus esters are detectable as well, especially orange. Again, the sugar coated fruit analogy holds, though I'd toss in a bit of caramel with it this time.

Mouth is good, with the acidity of the hops and the carbonation cutting only slightly through the backbone, leaving a velvety, creamy body.

Overall, a delicious DIPA that I would love to have again. Alpine did a good job bringing more flavors than just the hops to the table with this one.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold from a 22 oz brown bottle into a Boston Lager glass.

Big hop aroma at the bottle top and during the pour.

Appearance is golden yellow just hinting at amber, almost crystal clear, no haze but a few flakes that settled quickly. Fluffy white head settled to a persistent layer o fizz, depositing thin lacing all the way down.

Aroma is huge with hops of all varieties. Citrusy, fruity, woody, piney and sprucey. Some honey sweetness in there too, which becomes more prominent as it warms in the glass.

Flavor is all hops, any maltiness is only in the mouthfeel. Bitterness and hop flavor coat the tongue, palate and back of the throat. Big California hop bill could use some heavier crystal malts to balance.

Overall this is a good beer but shy of great because of the lack of balance. But, hey, it's called "Pure Hoppiness" not "some hops & some malt!" I'd ditch some of the flavor hops--such a light pale ale needs bitterness and aroma but with a lesser flavor addition, I think.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a crystal clear tannish orange with a thin but steady head.

Smell is very hoppy.... pine, grass, pineapple, and perhaps even juniper on the nose.

Flavor is bitter, citrusy, clean, with hints of tropical fruit. Not as well balanced as I tend to prefer, bit I find myself wanted more.

Mouthfeel is fault-free. Proper carbonation, dry, crisp.

Overall a great beer. A bit hoppier than necessary in my opinion, yet I can't seem to wait more than a few seconds between sips!

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Photo of Kuaff
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Decanted into a tulip glass, at a temperature between refrigerated and cellar.

Two or three cm of just off-white foam. A little lacing, and a rich golden orange of high clarity with a suspension of tiny particles upon close inspection. I approve.

The aroma is multitudinous and nuanced. It has a distinctive, zesty, garlic-bordering herbal note that I really love in an IPA, and also a spectrum of fruitiness. The spectrum of fruitiness includes but is not limited to the following, in order of decreasing magnitude: tangerine, pineapple, mango, nectarine. I don't know what this final comment contributes, but I'll add that it smells of EARTHY hops. Hops of the earth, yes.

Unholy HELL, that's dank. My palate is awash with astringent, zesty, pungent, pine. The similarity to the general traits of garlic is again noted and loved. Lime and orange and maybe a little honey or sap are present early on, and restrained bits of minerals, earthy herbs, and bread are felt in the finish, but mostly and above all, this is a dank, dank, dank, bitter, btter, astringent IPA.

Carbonation is somewhat lax, which I love, because this lets the absurd astringency coat and cling to my mouth without mercy. No spritzy carbonation will clean the hop residues from thy palate upon partaking of this concoction; thou will be bathed in brutal bitterness.

Pine is predominant in this IIPA. If the boreal forest had a flavor, this would be it.

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Photo of antott0523
3.45/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent amber color with an sticky off white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Minor amount of visible carbonation.

S: Grapefruit, pine, bayleaf, some dank sweet leaf and a hint of booze on the nose.

T: Piney and resinous. Yes, this reminds a lot of Six Point Hi Res.

M: A bit thick. Heavy boots of lead. More so than I like in my IPA's especially one that is as high ABV as 8%.

D: There are some decent flavors here, but ultimately the beer is too resinous and thick for my preference.

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Photo of gameface23
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An orange hue with a foamy head that leaves great lacing.

S: Orange and other citrus fruits.

T: Rather sweet up front, but it finishes with a nice dosage of bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied.

D: It's a pretty good DIPA. It's not the best I've ever had, but I wish there was a brewed-on date so I could know if this bottle had a little age on it.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great offering from Alpine Beer Company!

Very similar to the Duet IPA in appearance. A thick, one inch worth of head is produced upon the medium amber hue. Lacing just sticks to the glass.

Prominent tropical fruit/floral aroma with some undertones of pine and citrus fruits. Very pleasant, mellow, and fresh aroma.

Taste echoes the nose quite nicely. Very balanced with just enough malt presence to keep the hops in check. Absolutely no harshness or excessive lingering from the hops, and packed with tropical fruit and pine flavor.

Creamy, medium/high carbonation that just envelopes the mouth. It is almost too good to swallow.

Highly sip-able and coupled with the fresh hop flavor and creamy mouthfeel makes this DIPA's drinkability impressive to say the least.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stone Anniversary Fest.

The aroma was wonderfully pungent. The nose was dominated by an explosive burst of resiny and citrusy hops. A light and sweet maltiness poked through at the end. West coast all the way baby!

The flavor of the beer was primarily that of citrusy hops (duh) with enough of a light caramel maltiness to help round things out. As potent (and lovely) as the hops were, they were very smooth. The beer was well attenuated and wasn't smackingly sweet, which is were I feel that most double IPAs are susceptible to loosing points. The beer had a very "bright" taste and a nice spiciness that I prefer in DIPAs.

The mouthfeel was crisp and the carbonation seemed dialed in just right. The beer was well attenuated and crisp at 8.0%, it was in no way too heavy and very drinkable. If you're lucky enough to get a pint before it's gone, go back for as many as you can.

With so many amazing DIPAs coming out of San Diego, it's no wonder this city (area) continues to define the style that was essentially pioneered there. Many are starting to call double IPAs "San Diego Pale Ale." They've earned it.

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Photo of RJB66
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a hop bomb!! I chased this brew all over town. The chase was worth the reward. I like this more than Nelson. A little on the light side for a double, but I don't think it was to light. I would definitely have more and I'm glad we were able to find four of them. Cheers!

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Photo of aval89
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Beverages4Less in Santee, Ca.

A: pours a deep golden color almost honey.. got a 2 finger head.. leaves nice lacing..

S: sweet tangerines, mild grapefruit & some lemon peel.. fresh cut grass & pine as well. Touch of doughy breadiness .. but dominant aroma is the citrus!

T: more of those sweet tangerines upfront.. some malt comes through.. mid palate is bitter grapefruit.. nice amount of hop bite.. finish is a lingering lemon peel flavor with some citrus still hanging around.. semi dry finish .

As the beer warms tropical fruits come in to play.. nice!!

Mf: spot on carbonation with a medium body..
Alcohol is minimal in this one.. but does leave a bit of warming in the mouth..

O: great beer! Another imoressive Alpine brew!

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
L: Light orange amber color. Lots of carbonation initially but it died down to a think layer of bubbles
S: Grapefruit mixed with some pine and sap elements. Aroma is similar to grapefruit sculpin.
T: Follows the nose, lots of grapefruit on the taste (again similar to GF sculpin) with some sap and pine flavors coming in on the finish. Some malt sweetness is also present. The finish brings medium bitterness.
F: Medium light. very drinkable
Overall a solid offering. Has all the characteristics you expect from a DIPA: hop aroma and flavor, some malt sweetness, and some bitterness. An overall well constructed beer but not something I would search for.

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Photo of SoCalStout
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into delirium tulip.

Appearance: Pours a pretty clean, slight amber, golden hue with a nice white head that sticks around for a bit, leaving massive amounts of lace.

Smell: Fresh and hoppy - extremely resinous pine and citrus backed by a bit of sweet maltyness. The hop aroma is amazing and by far one of the nicest smelling IPA's around.

Taste: Super grassy, resinous hops, strong citrus flavor with a bit of sweet roasted malt at the end that balances out the hop perfectly. I like that the malt is not overdone on this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, sticky, smooth and well carbonated.

Overall: Too easy to drink - at 8% ABV, they'll get to you quickly.

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Photo of cbros
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a mug.

This is the last beer from my Secret Santa haul and I must say this is the best of the bunch. This beer pours a a nice hazy yellow/orange color with a nice carbonation activity present after the pour. There is a decent white one to two finger head that sticks around for a little while. The smell isn't anything special but a nice solid smelling IPA. The taste is where this beer set itself apart. The taste is a nice smooth balance of hops and malt. There is little bitter taste, rather I am picking up a nice mellow even taste the beer. To me, this tastes more like an IPA than a DIPA. A very nice tasting beer that is easy going down and very well balanced. Thanks to to stevemcqueenjr for this beer. I have had other Alpine beers and this is hands down the best offering I have had.

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Photo of juhl31
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-clear gold color with a white head that had some some decent credentials to match

-good malt/hop combo. a little on the sweet side

-good balanced IPA. not overly bitter either. a little bit of pepper in there

-very smooth with a good body. no harshness in the carbonation to take away

-very good straight up IPA. this is a very pitcher friendly beer!

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Photo of Tele
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.5 Very clear orange/gold, almost amber in color. Pours a two-inch, off-white head that lingers for a couple minutes.

S: 4.5 Lots of pine up front with a bit of dank and onion. There’s a pretty interesting grassy, earthy aroma that’s balanced by lemon and grapes.

T: 4.25 Lots of hops offering similar flavors as the nose would indicate. A little sweet at first followed by pine, onion, grapefruit, and that earthy element that I can’t quite put my finger on. The finish is pleasantly bitter.

M: 4.5 The body is very nice and can deliver the big hop flavors without being too heavy. The dryness on the finish makes this beer very refreshing and hides the 8% abv extremely well.

O: 4.25 I had high hopes for this DIPA based on my previous experiences with Alpines beers and I was not let down. I think I prefer duet and nelson, but this is still excellent and worth seeking out.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Vivid clear orange body with a big frothy tan head with long persistence. Visible carbonation.
S- Citrusy hops, subtle. Not much going on here.
T- Orange, tangerine and sweet malts upfront. Then comes the dank resinous hops with a caramel undertone.
F- Medium, rich.
O- Very good but I expected much more. Not as hoppy as I would liked.

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Photo of ejyoung
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into Deschutes tulip.

Tangerine color with silky white head that falls into a slim ring around the glass with plenty of lacing.

Smells like I just opened a packet of hops to put into a homebrew. Huge hop aroma of grapefruit, grass, orange peel and some pine.

Taste follows up the hop aroma. Like taking the open packet of hops and eating it. Grapefruit is big and pine plays a lesser note. The malt sweetness of a DIPA is there, but not nearly as prevalent as other DIPAs.

Medium-light to medium body that is very smooth. Low carbonation - maybe just this bottle but I need a little more.

Great DIPA overall. Would drink this more if it was easily available to me.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into .3l tulip

An amber pour, sticky fluffy light white head. There is quite a bit of lacing. Some sticky and some which receeds nicely with the brew. Loose, large bubbles.

A pine head w/ malt sweetness. There is also some note of sweet citrus.

With the initial sip the aroma is more clearly defined. There is a more pronounced pine bitterness but this is a pleasent flavor/aroma combination and does not take anything away from the many citrus and floral notes.

The carbonation is good, and the mouthfeel of this is unremarkable if needing no imporvement. It neither takes away from nor contributes much to the overall enjoyment of this brew. The enjoyment really lies in the initial burst and the way that it smoothly fades with each successive sip.

Finishes easy. Odd that this makes me wish it was a 12oz bottle. I think the overall drinkability is good, but I do not think that it is as enjoyable in larger quantities simply because the highlights of this brew are lost with familiarity.

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vibrant amber/orange pour into a DFH shaped pint glass. Excellent clarity and an ample off white head with excellent retention and lacing.
Big bouquet of hop perfume, mostly citrus, which subsides to a persistent dank aroma.
The flavors are dry and hoppy, a big shot of grapefruit bitterness up front, a restrained malt balance in the middle, and a another blast of hops in the finish.
The mouthfeel is lush, with a nice bit of carbonation to balance things out.
A very mild alcohol burn is the only downside to what is a really drinkable double IPA.
Having had this and the Exponential Hoppiness, I can only say that Alpine Brewery has produced two really fine examples of the west coast art of the hop.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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